The town of Lewes got its start back in 1631 when a little more than two-dozen men from Holland sailed to the New World to establish a whale-oil colony along the western shores of the Delaware Bay. As the fort of Swanendael, or Valley of the Swans, was centralized, a misunderstanding between the colonists and the native people led to the fort's destruction and the colonists' massacre. Given the initial colonization of Swanendael, this allows Lewes to lay claim to being "the First Town in the First State."
By 1682, William Penn was granted the three lower counties that now make up Delaware as part of his Pennsylvania territory. Penn decided to name the southernmost county for Sussex, England, his home province, and renamed Deale as Lewes after the port city in Sussex, England.
The town thrived as people arrived and merchants set up shop over the years. Churches and a courthouse were built as the town grew and became a busy port where ships would restock supplies. Lewes also served as the seat of Sussex County until 1791 when the government was relocated to Georgetown, a more central location.
By the 1960s, the menhaden business bottomed out. The fish that had produced an industry disappeared and the companies that relied on it had moved on. The loss of that industry, as well as a clam factory, marked a monumental change for Lewes.
From 1990 to 2000, nearly 700 additional full-time residents settled in to make Lewes their new home. The population, according to the 2000 census, came in at a little more than 2,900 people.
With nearly four centuries of history, Lewes has been transformed from a community of whalers and fishermen to one that is equally dependent on the sea, but in a much different way. Tourism has helped fuel a 20-year growth spurt in Lewes. Picturesque beach homes have replaced quaint cottages amid the sand dunes, and hardware stores and mom-and-pop stores have made way for bistros and boutiques. The new wave of residents has come seeking a slower paced lifestyle, lower taxes, and the lack of urban crime.
Lewes also remains an east coast port of call and is home to a large fleet of charter fishing boats. It is likewise the base of the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association, whose members guide cargo vessels to and from the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Lewes is also the site of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and is the southern terminal for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Thomas Adès’s harrowing tale, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL, on Saturday, November 25 at 1:00 PM and Monday, November 27 at 1:00 PM. Please note that screenings are now being held at the Cinema Art Theater and will be shown as a recorded presentation one week after being filmed live. Each performance will be shown on both a Saturday and Monday. Audience members will be allowed to eat and drink concessions sold onsite in the Theater. They will also appreciate the wonderful sound quality, as well as the comfortable seats. The Met: Live in HD season continues with the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s opera, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the “New York Times” at it's 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera. The large cast includes Amanda Echalaz as Lucia, Joseph Kaiser as Edmundo, Audrey Luna as Leticia, and Christian Van Horn as Julio. At a luxurious mansion, home of Edmundo and Lucía De Nobile, guests are expected for dinner, but strange things are happening. While the guests enjoy their food, the servants disappear one by one. Afterward, the visitors retire to the salon for an evening of music and conversation, but in the morning, they are mysteriously incapable of leaving the room. As days go by and they run out of food and water, panic and madness set in. The army and the police arrive but fail in their attempts to enter the house as conditions inside deteriorate. [Sung in English. Runtime: 2 hours, 40 minutes, with one intermission]. In addition to the opera performance, the HD series features Met opera stars conducting live interviews with cast and/or various production crew members while showing behind-the-scene workings. This production is the third in The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series of 10 dates of live simulcast transmissions for 2017–18. Admission for The Met: Live in HD broadcasts is $25 for adults, $22 for RBFS members, Met members, and seniors (65+); $15 for Students (with ID), and children (12 and under). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Online reservations may be made with MasterCard or VISA. Admission will be available at the door for any unsold seats. Doors open at 12:30 PM. The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 2-12, 2017). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 302-645-9095.
“Hospitality Night—Victorian Yule-Tide Celebration.” Holiday-themed program in which the museum will be decorated for the season by the Sussex Gardeners including luminarias lighting the entrance walkway. Activities will include historical interpreters, demonstrations, music and seasonal refreshments.
Featuring a live and silent auctions, cocktails, dinner, a performance by Pamela Stanley, plus an exclusive Art Show and Sale. All proceeds benefit the Children's Beach House and our mission to help kids with special needs in Delaware.
|Bob Evans Farms Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0871|
|Cafe Azafran||Lewes, DE||302-644-4446|
|China Garden||Lewes, DE||302-645-6445|
|Fish On!||Lewes, DE||302-645-9790|
|Fisherman's Wharf||Lewes, DE||302-645-8862|
|Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-644-0723|
|Hing Wang Chinese Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0889|
|Irish Eyes||Lewes, DE||302-645-6888|
|JD Shuckers||Lewes, DE||302-945-8850|
|Lemon Tree Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0481|
|Mr. P Pizza & Pasta||Lewes, DE||302-645-1900|
|Pelican Grille||Lewes, DE||302-945-6620|
|Striper Bites||Lewes, DE||302-645-4657|
|Surf Bagel & Deli||Lewes, DE||302-644-1822|
|The Buttery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7755|
|The Wharf||Lewes, De||302-645-6271|
|Tijuana Taxi||Lewes, DE||302-644-8294|
|Tokyo Steakhouse||Lewes, DE||302-645-9728|
|Albert Frank's Fine Jewelry||Lewes, DE||302-645-1718|
|Aquamarine on Market||Lewes, DE||302-644-4550|
|Auntie M's Emporium||Lewes, DE||302-644-1804|
|Back Bay Art Glass, LLC||Lewes, DE||302-645-1825|
|Blooming Boutique||Lewes, DE||302-644-2463|
|Cape Henlopen Wicker||Lewes, DE||302-644-2000|
|Chatelaine's Jewelry||Lewes, DE||302-645-1511|
|Creative Concepts||Lewes, DE||302-645-6200|
|Habersham Peddler Interiors||Lewes, DE||302-645-8383|
|Heritage Antique Market||Lewes, DE||302-645-2309|
|Josephine Keir Ltd- Antiques, Fine Arts & Rugs||Lewes, DE||302-645-9047|
|Kids' Ketch||Lewes, DE||302-645-8448|
|Lewes Gourmet||Lewes, DE||302-645-1661|
|Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7900|
|Mare's Bears Quilt Shop||Lewes, DE||302-644-0556|
|Mugs & Stitches||Lewes, DE||302-360-3600|
|P.U.P.S. of Lewes||Lewes, DE||302-645-9010|
|The Beach Jetty||Lewes, DE||302-645-4606|
|The Furniture Gallery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7043|
|The Soap Fairy||Lewes, DE||302-645-4596|
|The Stepping Stone||Lewes, DE||302-645-1254|
|Trader's Jewelry & Gifts||Lewes, DE||302-645-6536|
|Twila Farrell / The Figurehead||Lewes, DE||302-645-7007|
|Two Friends, Ltd.||Lewes, DE||302-644-0477|
|Very European||Lewes, DE||302-644-7778|
|Beacon Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-4888|
|Blue Water House||Lewes, DE||302-645-7832|
|Cape Henlopen Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-2828|
|Hotel Blue||Lewes, DE||302-645-4880|
|Hotel Rodney||Lewes, DE||302-645-6466|
|Inn at Canal Square||Lewes, DE||302-644-3377|
|King's Inn||Lewes, DE||302-645-6438|
|Lazy L at Willow Creek||Lewes, DE||302-644-7220|
|Red Mill Inn||Lewes, DE||302-645-9736|
|Sleep Inn & Suites||Lewes, DE||302-644-8796|
|Sleep Inn & Suites||Lewes, DE||302-645-6464|
|Vesuvio Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-2224|
|Virden House Bed & Breakfast||Lewes, DE||302-644-4402|